Room tax receipts were up ten percent in the Rhinelander area in the first quarter of this year.
Chamber Director Dana DeMet says that’s a significant increase from last year.
“That would indicate a really strong showing over the winter months, he says. "Plus you compare that, the 2014 winter was one of the biggest on record. So even though we had more snow, colder temperatures in 2014, 2015 actually shaped up to be a better winter in terms of tourism numbers.”
People have until June 30th to submit written comments to the state DNR on how walleye are being managed in northern Wisconsin’s ceded territory. That includes feedback how specific lakes should be regulated.
A public hearing held Friday on the topic drew few participants, with just four members of the public attending.
Opponents of a measure to change teacher licensing requirements are still skeptical of new language that could limit its impact.
Irma Republican Mary Czaja says she’ll redraft her proposal that allows prospective teachers to get licensed without a bachelor’s degree. She told reporters those candidates could only be part-time teachers, and that the license would be specific to a single school.
Representatives from the state’s eleven tribes are wrapping up a conference on Native American tourism. Many are looking to tourism to provide an economic boost.
The Sokoagon Chippewa Community hosted the annual Native American Tourism of Wisconsin, or NATOW, conference this week. Tribes from around the state gathered in Mole Lake to talk about fresh ways to market themselves and draw visitors.
A St. Germain woman has been sentenced to a year and one day in federal prison for filing false information on her income tax return, after she embezzled money from her employer. 58-year-old Cornelia Mutter worked for T.A. Solberg in Minocqua between 2004 and 2010. She was discovered to be using company checks for personal expenses and credit card payments. Though the company never pressed charges, the IRS calculated she embezzled more than 500-thousand dollars over seven years, resulting in a tax liability of over 100-thousand dollars. Mutter pled guilty to the charge in March.